Braised Red Cabbage

Braised Red Cabbage served with Rabbit in a Mustard Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Braised Red Cabbage. It’s a colorful sweet and sour addition to a meaty meal. Red or purple cabbage is shredded, sauteed in olive oil and butter with diced Granny Smith apple and chopped shallot, reduced with some apple cider vinegar, sugar and chicken stock. Mostly served as a Fall or Winter side dish, Braised Red Cabbage is also tasty served chilled in the Summertime.

Braised Red Cabbage served with Rabbit in a Mustard Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Braised Red Cabbage served with Rabbit in a Mustard Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

This sweet and sour Braised Red Cabbage is my husband’s recipe. From time to time, I like to feature his recipes on A Food Lover’s Delight. He’s a great cook on his own, and far better with the “fancy sauces and sides” than I am. His Caesar Salad Dressing and Chicken Liver Pate have quite a following.

To make this dish, you’ll need some shredded red or purple cabbage. Depending on where you are from, it’s either called red or purple cabbage. You could use regular green cabbage but the color won’t be as gorgeous. Also, diced tart Granny Smith apple and savory shallots are key ingredients.

Sliced red cabbage, diced Granny Smith apple, and diced shallot.  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Sliced red cabbage, diced Granny Smith apple, and diced shallot. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Sweat the cabbage in some olive oil and melted butter.

Sweat the cabbage in oil and butter (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Sweat the cabbage in oil and butter (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the diced apple and sweat some more.

Add the apple to the cabbage (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Add the apple to the cabbage (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Saute the cabbage and apple (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Saute the cabbage and apple (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the shallots and let the dish cook a bit more until the ingredients have softened nicely.

Add the shallots (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Add the shallots (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add some apple cider vinegar, sugar, and chicken stock. Reduce the cabbage mixture until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Reduce the cabbage with some apple cider vinegar, sugar and chicken stock  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Reduce the cabbage with some apple cider vinegar, sugar and chicken stock (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Season with salt and pepper.

The braised cabbage is ready to plate (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
The braised cabbage is ready to plate (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

And serve! My husband loves to serve this Braised Red Cabbage with meaty dishes such as rabbit, chicken or pork.

Rabbit in Mustard Sauce served with Braised Red Cabbage (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Rabbit in Mustard Sauce served with Braised Red Cabbage (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Enjoy!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Braised Red Cabbage

Ingredients:

2 T olive oil
1 T butter
1/2 medium red/purple cabbage, shredded
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
1 T apple cider vinegar
2 t sugar
1/2 c chicken stock
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

1. Melt the oil and butter in a saute pan over medium low heat.
2. Sweat the shredded cabbage in the oil and butter. Let the cabbage reduce a bit and get soft.
3. Add the diced apple and cook until the apples are a bit soft.
4. Add the shallots and cook a few minutes longer until the shallots soften.
5. Add the apple cider vinegar, sugar and chicken stock. Let reduce until the juices have mostly evaporated and the cabbage mixture has thickened slightly.
6. Serve!

Serves 4 as a side dish. Offer with pork, chicken, or rabbit dishes. Use as a bed for a piece of rich fish. Serve cold as a picnic side dish.

Variations: Omit the butter for a vegan dish. Make a large batch and freeze it in portions. Add a bit of honey for a sweeter taste. Add larger slices or chunks of apple or try some pear for a different texture.

A very French bistro meal of Rabbit in Mustard Sauce and Braised Red Cabbage (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
A very French bistro meal of Rabbit in Mustard Sauce and Braised Red Cabbage (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Rabbit in Mustard Sauce and Braised Red Cabbage in front of the fireplace (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Rabbit in Mustard Sauce and Braised Red Cabbage in front of the fireplace (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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